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Braised Beef with Barley Recipe

Braised Beef with Barley Recipe

I love the combination of beef and barley, so I was delighted when I saw this recipe in our newspaper. It's one dish I've served often.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 2 hours 20 min. YIELD:4-6 servings


  • 1 boneless chuck roast (2 to 2-1/2 pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) beef broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup medium pearl barley
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/3 cup sour cream, optional


  • 1. In a Dutch oven, brown meat in oil on all sides over medium-high heat. Remove roast and set aside. Drain, reserving 1 tablespoon of drippings. Saute the onion, mushrooms and garlic in drippings until tender.
  • 2. Return roast to the pan. Add the broth, bay leaf, salt and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/2 hours. Add barley. Cover and simmer for 45 minutes or until meat and barley are tender. Add peas; cover and simmer for 5 minutes or until peas are tender.
  • 3. Discard bay leaf. Set the roast and barley aside; keep warm. Skim fat from pan juices. If desired, add sour cream to the pan juices; stir until heated through over low heat (do not boil). Slice roast; serve with barley and gravy. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 380 calories, 17 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 98 mg cholesterol, 922 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 35 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.